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01-03-2009, 12:20 PM
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I believe Carbonneau has said this season that their identity is really as a good defensive team. That is when they play good defensively then they can build from that some good offense through turnovers in the neutral zone. This was also our identity last year though it got forgotten as the Team exploded offensively. I believe Gainey's ideal player in such a style is a good two-way player whom backchecks hard to play well defensively and then counterattacks with speed on turnovers; examples of this type of player are players like Plekanec, Higgins, Koivu etc. Thus, through playing good defense first Montreal hopes to build their offense off of that. It is also through good defense that we have been winning our games this year.

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